MEMBERS of independence campaign group Yes Cymru have voted to adopt a new constitution.

An Extraordinary General Meeting was held on Saturday for members to vote on the constitution, and prompted by internal splits within the group which saw its central committee, elected in May, resign en masse in August.

At the EGM it was revealed the group has lost almost 10,000 members from its peak back in March 2021. It's membership had been reported to have reached 18,000.

Of the 3,700 votes cast, since the ballot was reopened on Saturday following an error which meant members whose membership had lapsed were given the chance to vote, 2,717 voted in favour of the motion with just 489 voting against. There were 137 abstentions and 27 empty ballots were returned. 

The vote was also hit by technical issues on Friday.

The motion achieved the necessary two-thirds “super” majority required to pass.  

What happens now?

Yes Cymru will move to be a company limited by guarantee with a new structure. Accountants Azets, which was put in charge of day to day management of Yes Cymru prior to the resignation of the Central Committee, will begin the process immediately.

Members will be transferred from the current Yes Cymru to the new Yes Cymru Cyf.

The new Articles of Adoption will be adopted.

The nomination period for the election of directors will open within the next week, the election itself will be held by the end of January.

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It was unclear over the weekend whether the collapse in membership was due to dissatisfaction among members or if a technical issue had led to a failure in renewal notifications being sent out during the past six months when accountants were in control of the organisation’s affairs. 

Those members who had not received a renewal notification were given four days to renew their membership, which would then give them the right to vote. 

According to figures released by Yes Cymru 9,782 were eligible to vote, meaning some 1,000 members had re-joined since Saturday. 

Whether the 8,000 members who have left Yes Cymru in the past nine months will rejoin remains to be seen. 

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